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94

Hieron.

advert.

Hekid.

2,

Firft

born,

types

of

C1rifl.

and beleevers.

He holds

his

birth-right

as

the

Sonne

of

God

by

nature;

and wee

by grace

made the

fonnes

of

God,

he difdaines

not

to

call us

brethren.

2.

For

un-

dertaking

his

office,

i.

In

his

incarnation, he was the

firft borne of his

Mother.

AA1at.

r

.a

S,

till

fbe

had

brought

forth

her

firfi:

borne Son

;

not

in

retina of

any

that

his

mother

had after

him, but

becaufe (he had

none before.

2.

For

the ftrange

mailer.

He

was

the

fiat

borne

of

a

virgine,and

ío

never had

brother.

3.

He

was

the

fir1

borne

without

finne.

3.

For

accompliíhing his

office

in

his refurreCtion.

He

is

called

the

Brit

begotten or

firft

borne

of

the

dead

two

waycs.

I.

In refpeft

of

his

father

who

firft

begot him

from

the

dead.

Whence

his

refur-

reoion

is

called

a

begetting.

AU.

13.3

3.

thou

art

my

fonne,

this

day have

I

begotten

thee;

the

Apoftle apply-

ing

it

to the

re!urreCtion

of

Chrift.

And had

not the

Fa-

ther

thus begotten

his

fonne

from

the dead,

we

had ne-

ver

been raifed

fromdeath.

2.

In regard

of

himfelfe,

whofe priviledge

it

was

to

raife

up

himfelfe

from the

dead

by

his

owne

power,

Rom.

r.4.

As

himfelfe

Paid,

I

have

power

to take

up my life

againe. And

being

rifen,

he

was the

farft

that

afcended

in

body

and

foule

into. hea-

ven.

Thus

confider

Chrift,

as

sod,

as

Mediator,

as

in-

carnate,as

raifed,and

afcended;

he

is

the

Lords

firft

born,

and

the birthright

belongs

to

no

other.

I

I.

The

firft

borne ofIfraelwas the

fecond, and next

to

the father

of

the

family,

yea, after the father,

inflead

of

the

father

:

So

is

Chrift

to

his

family,the Church;

he

performes

all

offices

ofa

careful'

and

tender

father,

and

takes

on

him not theaffeetion

onely

ofa

father,but

even

z

.

the

name

ofa

father. Ifa.9.6. Father

of

eternity.

2

the

office

ofa

father.

i

.

He

fupplies

the meanes ofjpiritatall

life,

as

they.of

naturall.

z.

Hee

nurtures

and

teacheth

his

Church.

3.

Hee

provides

for the.prefent,

and be-

ftowes the inheritance

ofeternalii

life.

III.

The

firft

born had

the

preheminence

among

the

brethren,

i